A new beer hall and New American restaurant is preparing to open its doors inside Cass Corridor this weekend. Smith & Co., located in the 102-year-old Smith Welding Supply & Equipment Company building will open its doors at 4 p.m. on Friday, September 20 on Selden Street.
Smith & Co. is the latest project from partners Jon Carlson, Chet Czaplicka, and Greg Lobdell. All three have experience opening restaurants including through Mission Restaurant Group and are part-owners in Northern United Brewing Company. The restaurant is part of a larger redevelopment of the Selden Street Corridor, which includes an outpost of arcade bar chain Barcade. Also on tap is Nain Rouge Brewery, a taproom and brewhouse whose beers will also be showcased at the Smith & Co.’s bar.
The 7,000-square-foot restaurant was designed by international architecture firm VolumeOne Design Studio. Smith & Co. seats 160 people and features a bright and spacious interior with windows overlooking a shared courtyard, brown leather banquette seating, natural wood tables, and an original ceramic tile floor at the entrance. Customers at Smith & Co. can choose from several sections including a lounge area near the entrance with a limited menu and drinks or the dining room with full menu.
Smith & Co.’s owners selected general manager David Mammel and chef Greg Antioho to take the lead at the restaurant. Antioho came to Detroit from Ann Arbor where he was the executive chef at another Mission Restaurant Group establishment, Blue Tractor BBQ & Brewery. During a media preview on Thursday, Antioho told Eater that his goal at Smith & Co. is to focus on highlighting Michigan ingredients with dishes that pair well with beers from sibling beer maker Nain Rouge Brewery.
Look out for options like fried chicken sandwiches with gochujang aioli and Brinery kimchi, wagyu burgers with sunny side up eggs, achiote marinated carne asada bowls, and roasted carrots with Michigan feta, pistachios, and honey harissa among the offerings. For dessert, customers can choose from items like banana bread pudding and coffee pot de creme donuts. Smith & Company is particularly paying attention to dietary concerns by offering separate gluten-free and vegetarian/vegan menus.
At the bar customers can find several bottled and mixed cocktails as well as a tapped old fashioned. Northern United Brewing Company’s associated breweries Jolly Pumpkin and North Peak are featured prominently on the beer list alongside breweries like Stillwater, Perrin, and Evil Twin.
Despite being a few months out from opening Nain Rouge, brewer and North Peak Brewing alum David Hale has been hard at work at Northern United’s Dexter facility preparing small batches of Nain Rouge beer for Smith & Co. Hale plans to initially offer three Nain Rouge beers — Detroit hibiscus wheat, Confus guava IPA, and 644 Amber — at Smith & Co. He’ll add a fourth session IPA in the coming weeks. Eventually, Nain Rouge will offer between eight and 12 beers at Smith & Co., in addition to serving and selling cans at its own taproom.
Take a tour of the new restaurant and scope out some of the food and drinks ahead of tonight’s opening in the gallery below.
Smith & Co. is located at 644 Selden St.; open 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. website.
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